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Amber Greviskes
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Amber Greviskes is a frequent contributor to NYMetroParents. She lives in New York, and has also contributed to "Parenting" and "BabyTalk" magazines.

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Volunteer with Your Kids in the Community this Year
by Amber Greviskes - August 03, 2011

Volunteering with your kids in the community brings a sense of pride and satisfaction. Helping others and getting involved in charities also presents a bonding experience for the whole family. Find out why you should and how you can donate time with your kids in a fun way this year

Visiting Children's Literature Landmarks in New York City
by Amber Greviskes - July 29, 2011

Help bring your child's favorite books to life by taking them to kid lit landmarks all over New York City. On your trip, you'll find Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza from Knuffle Bunny, party in the Plaza Hotel like Eloise, and hang out in the Upper East Side like Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, and more.

Hiking and Nature Trails in Upstate New York
by Amber Greviskes - July 28, 2011

Upstate New York is rife with mountains, forests, falls, state parks, nature preserves, sanctuaries, and conservation areas. Check out our list of these natural havens that include scenic hiking trails fit for all skill levels. So pack up the kids and spend the day or weekend reconnecting with nature in the great outdoors (and getting some great exercise!).

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC
by Amber Greviskes - July 28, 2011

Check out these scenic outdoor hiking options near New York City, in Southeast New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, on Long Island, and in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mountains, parks, and other nature areas listed here are all offer easy hiking and nature trails that kids and families of all skill levels can enjoy. So pack a picnic and get outdoors!

A Parent's Guide to Rock Climbing and Hiking With Kids
by Amber Greviskes - July 28, 2011

Have your kids put down the video game controls and keep them active by going rock climbing up a climbing wall or hiking on one of the New York City area's many nature trails. Read on for suggestions on where to go, what to bring with you, and how to keep the kids safe during your trip.

X Games for Kids
by Amber Greviskes - July 01, 2011

If your kids catch "extreme sports" fever after watching the X Games, don't worry. Skateboarding and BMX racing can be fun, safe sports for children that teach valuable life skills.

The Rise of Ga-Ga
by Amber Greviskes - June 15, 2011

Ga-ga, a summer camp game similar to dodgeball, has become a popular activity at kids' birthday parties and family gatherings.

Retro Sports for Kids
by Amber Greviskes - June 15, 2011

From dodgeball to obstacle courses, classic sports from our own childhoods are making a comeback. Find out why these old-fashioned games are great for family gatherings and kids' parties.

New Technology at the Bronx's Rett Syndrome Center Helps Children Communicate
by Amber Greviskes - June 14, 2011

New eye-gaze technologies at the Rett Syndrome Center at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore in the Bronx allow children affected by Rett to communicate with others.

Understanding Rett Syndrome
by Amber Greviskes - June 14, 2011

Rett Syndrome is a rare and life-altering brain disorder that almost exclusively affects girls. Intense therapy is required to manage the disorder, but recent research presents reasons to hope a cure is possible.

When to Start Your Child in Swim Lessons
by Amber Greviskes - May 12, 2011

Wondering what age is best to start your child in swimming lessons? Read on for advice from local experts.

Competitive Swimming and Diving: Is It the Right Sport for Your Child?
by Amber Greviskes - May 12, 2011

Competitive swimmers and divers are often in better physical condition than their athletic peers. The sport, which provides excellent all-around exercise, also takes real commitment. Read on to find out if it's the right choice for your child.

Lice Survival Guide for Parents: How to Get Rid of Them for Good
by Amber Greviskes - April 13, 2011

While lice and nits are not technically dangerous, these creepy critters are unwelcome in any home or classroom. Find out how to get rid of them for good.

New Image Camps to Hold 5th Annual Essay Contest for Free Admission to Camp Pocono Trails
by Amber Greviskes - March 11, 2011

New Image Camps' "Imagine Me! I'm Up for the Challenge" fifth annual essay contest will award one child/teen a three-week campership to Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, PA, an American Camp Association-accredited weight loss camp.

Healthy Weight Loss Checklist for Kids
by Amber Greviskes - March 11, 2011

Parents should follow these eight guidelines to determine if their child needs to lose weight and help them achieve a healthy body mass index.

How to Help Your Child Achieve and Maintain a Healthy Weight
by Amber Greviskes - March 11, 2011

Supportive parents are key to helping children overcome struggles with weight and body image issues. Read one local child's success story and learn how you can help your child adopt healthy habits and ultimately achieve a healthy weight.

Lax Facts: The Rise of Youth Lacrosse
by Amber Greviskes - March 10, 2011

A sport that's been growing steadily in popularity over the past few years, especially in the New York metro area, youth lacrosse has a wide appeal and boasts many benefits for children.

The Rise of Lacrosse on Long Island
by Amber Greviskes - March 10, 2011

Lacrosse is just starting to become popular in most of the New York metro area, but for Long Island residents, lacrosse has been a way of life for many years. Find out why and how you can get your children involved in this growing sport.

Strength Training for Kids: Is It Safe?
by Amber Greviskes - February 16, 2011

Once hotly debated, strength training for kids is now considered safe and even essential to children's health, according to the latest research.

Is Hockey the Right Sport for Your Child?: Tips from NY Islander Doug Weight and Other Experts
by Amber Greviskes - January 13, 2011

Thinking of becoming a hockey parent? NY Islander Doug Weight and other experts weigh in on the pros and cons of hitting the rink with your child.

When Children Choose an Opposite-Sex Dominated Sport: Advice for Parents
by Amber Greviskes - December 15, 2010

Got a little girl who loves to throw around a pigskin? A Billy Eliot-wannabe who dances his heart out? When your child takes the sports road less traveled by his peer group, there may be challenges along the way — but have no fear.

Family Finances: How to Prepare Financially for Another Child
by Amber Greviskes - November 12, 2010

Consider these money matters if you are thinking about adding to your family.

'Power' Drinks and Supplements: Are They Harmful to Kids?
by Amber Greviskes - November 11, 2010

How to keep your young athlete revved up without unnecessary energy supplements or "power" products.

It's (Just?) a Game: How to Put the Fun Back into Youth Sports
by Amber Greviskes - October 25, 2010

Ah, the pressures — of training, of always trying to win. Don't let them get in the way of what youth sports are really all about. Consult our advice from experts in the field on how parents can be supportive without going overboard.

A Guide to Planning Ahead for Your Child with Special Needs: Services and Care Options After High School and Beyond
by Amber Greviskes - October 22, 2010

Parents of children with autism and other special needs must prepare in advance for their kids' well-being and long-term care. Consult our guide for advice from special needs experts on the services and options available to your child after high school and beyond.

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